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CHEWING GUM AND CHOCOLATE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHOMEI TOMATSU. Ed. by Leo Rubinfien and John Junkerman. Aperture Foundation, Inc., New York, 2014. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 224 pp. with 124 ills. and 8 reference ills. 30 x 25 cm. LC 2014-526 ISBN 9781597112505 In English.
Publisher's description: One of Japan's foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nation's growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book Nihon. Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible--beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsu's photographs focused on the seismic impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women; foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi; and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence. He originally named this series Occupation, but later retitled it Chewing Gum and Chocolate to reflect the handouts given to Japanese kids by the soldiers--sugary and addictive, but lacking in nutritional value. And although many of his most iconic images are from this series, the best of this work has never before been gathered together in a single volume.
Artist(s):Tomatsu, Shomei
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — Japan — Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 161288
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